Pityriasis versicolor: pay attention to this "mushroom of the summer" responsible for brown spots

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Pityriasis versicolor: pay attention to this "mushroom of the summer" responsible for brown spots

What is pityriasis versicolor?

With the return of good weather, small brown or discolored spots may appear on the chest, shoulders, neck or back. This is called pityriasis versicolor, a benign skin condition which results in the abnormal proliferation of a fungus belonging to the group Malassezia or pityrosporon, present on the skin.

Not contagious, this fungus particularly affects adolescents and young adults. The fungus proliferates especially in summer due to perspiration and at the acidic pH of the bodyas explained in HuffPost the dermatologist Catherine Oliveres-Ghouti.

What treatment?

This condition is not serious. It is still necessary to make an appointment with a dermatologist to make a diagnosis. If the health professional detects a pityriasis versicolor, he prescribes local antifungals, medicines designed to treat fungal infections, available in pharmacies as foaming gel. The product is applied to the entire body for 5 to 10 minutes before being rinsed thoroughly.

How to prevent the "mushroom of the summer"?

Recurrences are frequent. Thus, to avoid being affected by fungus, it is important toavoid excessive sweating. To do this :

  • Remember to dry your whole body after the shower, including creases (armpits, neck, behind the knee, under the breasts).
  • Wash your towels every week and do not share them with those around you
  • For clothing, avoid synthetic materials that promote perspiration and prefer cotton, more natural.
  • Change socks everyday.
  • Disinfect your shoes with the appropriate equipment.

Read also :

⋙ Bobos of the skin: those to be treated before the summer

⋙ Sweating, heavy legs: how to remedy the inconvenience related to heat

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